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Terri S.

Creative and Experienced English Literature & Composition Teacher

Creative and Experienced English Literature & Composition Teacher

$40/hour

  • 97 hours tutoring

  • Bristol, PA 19007

"Great tutor"

Julie, 9 lessons with Terri

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Rates & Policies:

Cancellation Policy: 36-hours notice requested; 24-hours notice required to avoid being charged a cancellation fee. Please request an adjustment to an already scheduled start time 72-hours in advance.

Availability:

Sunday: Unavailable
Monday - Wednesday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Thursday: Online only, 3:30 - 5:30 PM EST (2:30 - 4:30 PM CST, 1:30 - 3:30 PM MST, 12:30 - 2:30 PM PST)
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Multi-Hour Discount (minimum 120-minute lesson) and Group...

Rates & Policies:

Cancellation Policy: 36-hours notice requested; 24-hours notice required to avoid being charged a cancellation fee. Please request an adjustment to an already scheduled start time 72-hours in advance.

Availability:

Sunday: Unavailable
Monday - Wednesday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
Thursday: Online only, 3:30 - 5:30 PM EST (2:30 - 4:30 PM CST, 1:30 - 3:30 PM MST, 12:30 - 2:30 PM PST)
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Multi-Hour Discount (minimum 120-minute lesson) and Group Rates (minimum 5 students) offered. Please contact me for more information.

Make-up Lessons: In-person - time is added in 15-minute increments to upcoming lessons. Single-session make-up lessons offered online only.

Teaching Philosophy:

My love of teaching comes from my passion to inspire my students to never settle for less than his or her best - whatever your greatest potential is as a student, I will help you achieve or exceed that! Your success is my success. Whether you need help with English grammar, writing, critical reading and critical thinking skills, or are an elementary or middle school student struggling with a particular content area, my goal is to help you become a lifelong learner who thrives on intrinsic motivation and using what you have learned.

I specialize in tutoring English (literature, composition, and critical reading & writing test preparation). Whether we are working on learning how to write an essay, read and analyze Shakespeare or Jonathan Edwards, or we are working together to improve a student's critical reading and vocabulary, I employ a wide variety of teaching strategies in my tutoring because we all learn and process information in unique ways.

I hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II Certification in both English (7-12) and Elementary (K-6) as well as my New Jersey State Certification in Elementary (K-8) and have over 20 years of K-12 classroom teaching experience in both the traditional and virtual (online) environments to a wide variety of instructional levels: honors courses, basic skills, regular education, inclusion and instructional support. I also have experience working with students with learning and reading difficulties both in the whole class and small group settings. I have also completed both course and field work in diagnosing and working with students with special learning needs which has prepared me to work with a wide variety of learning styles within the context of the regular classroom.

Recognizing that the process does not always look like the product, I rely heavily on the methods and strategies that have worked in both the virtual and traditional learning environments and adapt those to fit the student's unique learning modality, grade level / age, and abilities in the tutoring environment. One of my goals for each session is to provide a lesson that is both challenging, but not overwhelming, and one that actively engages the student in the learning process. I assign challenging practice ("homework") after every lesson and provide periodic assessments and feedback.

I hold myself to a high standard. For that reason, I often ask for feedback and offer a complimentary 30-minute consultation "Meet-n-Greet" session for the first session. Within 48-hours of your consultation session, I will provide an informal assessment detailing my observations and recommendations. In addition, I will not bill for any lesson in which the parent and student are not completely satisfied with my tutoring.

I try to be flexible with time. While I do have a 24-hour cancellation policy, I offer makeup "sessions" (an extended upcoming lesson) either in-person or online depending on your regularly scheduled lesson platform.

To ensure students have a quiet and comfortable study space in which to work with me, I conduct sessions at a local public library. However, I am happy to travel to another location if that is more convenient for the student.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you achieve success!


Education

The King's College
Education
Liberty University
Graduate Coursework
Pennsylvania State University
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $40
  • Rate details: Online Tutoring-$36/hr Multiple-Hr. Lessons- $30/hour, minimum 120 min. lesson Weekend Hours-Saturdays 9:00AM-12:00PM EST Homeschool and/or group rates available-please contact me!
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 16 miles of Bristol, PA 19007
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/27/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Business

Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

In addition to my traditional, brick and mortar, classroom experience, I also teach in the virtual or online environment. This requires extensive use of creating PowerPoint presentations for uploading into my virtual classroom platform such as Blackboard or Elluminate for instructional purposes. In my traditional classroom, I also use PowerPoint presentations uploaded into ActiveInspire for classroom presentations.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I don't think I've used an electronic typewriter since the late 1990s when I purchased a computer. Since then, I use MS Word as a word processor, use it to do mail merges and print envelopes, create a resume and cover letter - and even create worksheets for my traditional classroom. As a virtual teacher, I routinely use track changes after saving the read-only documents and grade many papers that way. I also use track changes to grade papers submitted by students in the traditional environment through Edmodo. I know I was completely lost without access to Word when my computer died a few weeks ago; thankfully everything including Word and my documents were restored.

Computer

Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

In addition to my traditional, brick and mortar, classroom experience, I also teach in the virtual or online environment. This requires extensive use of creating PowerPoint presentations for uploading into my virtual classroom platform such as Blackboard or Elluminate for instructional purposes. In my traditional classroom, I also use PowerPoint presentations uploaded into ActiveInspire for classroom presentations.
Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word

I don't think I've used an electronic typewriter since the late 1990s when I purchased a computer. Since then, I use MS Word as a word processor, use it to do mail merges and print envelopes, create a resume and cover letter - and even create worksheets for my traditional classroom. As a virtual teacher, I routinely use track changes after saving the read-only documents and grade many papers that way. I also use track changes to grade papers submitted by students in the traditional environment through Edmodo. I know I was completely lost without access to Word when my computer died a few weeks ago; thankfully everything including Word and my documents were restored.

Corporate Training

Grammar,

Grammar

I am currently a teacher of literature and writing at the high school level. I also hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II English 7-12 certification and am currently pursuing a M.Ed. Teaching and Learning with an English cognate through Liberty University's online graduate program. An essential part of writing instruction includes teaching and helping students understand written grammar (as opposed to spoken grammar). Writing is one of the four ways in which we communicate and to communicate effectively, a solid, working knowledge of grammar is key.
Microsoft PowerPoint,

Microsoft PowerPoint

In addition to my traditional, brick and mortar, classroom experience, I also teach in the virtual or online environment. This requires extensive use of creating PowerPoint presentations for uploading into my virtual classroom platform such as Blackboard or Elluminate for instructional purposes. In my traditional classroom, I also use PowerPoint presentations uploaded into ActiveInspire for classroom presentations.
Microsoft Word,

Microsoft Word

I don't think I've used an electronic typewriter since the late 1990s when I purchased a computer. Since then, I use MS Word as a word processor, use it to do mail merges and print envelopes, create a resume and cover letter - and even create worksheets for my traditional classroom. As a virtual teacher, I routinely use track changes after saving the read-only documents and grade many papers that way. I also use track changes to grade papers submitted by students in the traditional environment through Edmodo. I know I was completely lost without access to Word when my computer died a few weeks ago; thankfully everything including Word and my documents were restored.
Proofreading

Proofreading

I am qualified to teach proofreading as a teacher of writing and composition. In addition to teaching the literature, I also teach writing associated with the literature. I have also developed writing curriculum for creative writing and journalism courses, both of which emphasized proofreading and editing. In addition to my classroom experience, I volunteer as a creative writing teacher for a community class outreach program, and author and am the administrator for my own personal blog.

Elementary Education

Grammar,

Grammar

I am currently a teacher of literature and writing at the high school level. I also hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II English 7-12 certification and am currently pursuing a M.Ed. Teaching and Learning with an English cognate through Liberty University's online graduate program. An essential part of writing instruction includes teaching and helping students understand written grammar (as opposed to spoken grammar). Writing is one of the four ways in which we communicate and to communicate effectively, a solid, working knowledge of grammar is key.
Reading,

Reading

In addition to my elementary school and middle school teaching experiences teaching students how to read and working with students to improve reading comprehension, I also teach critical reading and critical thinking skills which improves comprehension through the literature I teach. Even at the high school level, I rely heavily on my elementary and middle school experiences as a reading teacher.
Vocabulary

Vocabulary

Vocabulary and etymology are the building blocks of reading and writing. You will not understand what you are reading if you don't have sufficient command of vocabulary or understanding of prefixes, suffixes, root or base words. I am qualified to teach vocabulary as an experienced teacher of reading and writing at all levels.

English

English,

English

I hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II English 7-12 certification and New Jersey State Certification (K-8). I have extensive teaching experience English literature and composition, creative writing, and journalism at the high school and middle school levels, and in Pennsylvania preparing students for the PSSA Reading and Writing and the Literature Keystone exams. My middle school teaching experience in New Jersey includes teaching Reading/Language Arts (RLA) and preparing students for GEPA examination. I have also English literature and composition at the high school level (grades 9-12) in the virtual ("online") environment.
Grammar,

Grammar

I am currently a teacher of literature and writing at the high school level. I also hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II English 7-12 certification and am currently pursuing a M.Ed. Teaching and Learning with an English cognate through Liberty University's online graduate program. An essential part of writing instruction includes teaching and helping students understand written grammar (as opposed to spoken grammar). Writing is one of the four ways in which we communicate and to communicate effectively, a solid, working knowledge of grammar is key.
Literature,

Literature

I am pursuing a M.Ed. Teaching and Learning, English cognate through Liberty University's online graduate program. I also currently teach literature at the high school level. Literature units include Lord of the Flies, The Color of Water, To Kill a Mockingbird, Shakespeare, The House on Mango Street, The Crucible, Of Mice and Men, among others.
Proofreading,

Proofreading

I am qualified to teach proofreading as a teacher of writing and composition. In addition to teaching the literature, I also teach writing associated with the literature. I have also developed writing curriculum for creative writing and journalism courses, both of which emphasized proofreading and editing. In addition to my classroom experience, I volunteer as a creative writing teacher for a community class outreach program, and author and am the administrator for my own personal blog.
Reading,

Reading

In addition to my elementary school and middle school teaching experiences teaching students how to read and working with students to improve reading comprehension, I also teach critical reading and critical thinking skills which improves comprehension through the literature I teach. Even at the high school level, I rely heavily on my elementary and middle school experiences as a reading teacher.
Vocabulary,

Vocabulary

Vocabulary and etymology are the building blocks of reading and writing. You will not understand what you are reading if you don't have sufficient command of vocabulary or understanding of prefixes, suffixes, root or base words. I am qualified to teach vocabulary as an experienced teacher of reading and writing at all levels.
Writing

Writing

"If you want to become a better writer, you need to become a better reader. If you want to become a better reader, you need to become a better writer." Reading and writing are inseparable from one another; they are interdependent. As a teacher of writing and literature, as well as my experience in teaching an English / Critical Reading test prep course, I not only recognize the value of writing, but have also made myself a student so that I can instruct my students. Current graduate coursework also includes teaching writing across the curriculum, and teaching composition at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Homeschool

English,

English

I hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II English 7-12 certification and New Jersey State Certification (K-8). I have extensive teaching experience English literature and composition, creative writing, and journalism at the high school and middle school levels, and in Pennsylvania preparing students for the PSSA Reading and Writing and the Literature Keystone exams. My middle school teaching experience in New Jersey includes teaching Reading/Language Arts (RLA) and preparing students for GEPA examination. I have also English literature and composition at the high school level (grades 9-12) in the virtual ("online") environment.
Reading,

Reading

In addition to my elementary school and middle school teaching experiences teaching students how to read and working with students to improve reading comprehension, I also teach critical reading and critical thinking skills which improves comprehension through the literature I teach. Even at the high school level, I rely heavily on my elementary and middle school experiences as a reading teacher.
Writing

Writing

"If you want to become a better writer, you need to become a better reader. If you want to become a better reader, you need to become a better writer." Reading and writing are inseparable from one another; they are interdependent. As a teacher of writing and literature, as well as my experience in teaching an English / Critical Reading test prep course, I not only recognize the value of writing, but have also made myself a student so that I can instruct my students. Current graduate coursework also includes teaching writing across the curriculum, and teaching composition at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Most Popular

English,

English

I hold my Pennsylvania Instructional II English 7-12 certification and New Jersey State Certification (K-8). I have extensive teaching experience English literature and composition, creative writing, and journalism at the high school and middle school levels, and in Pennsylvania preparing students for the PSSA Reading and Writing and the Literature Keystone exams. My middle school teaching experience in New Jersey includes teaching Reading/Language Arts (RLA) and preparing students for GEPA examination. I have also English literature and composition at the high school level (grades 9-12) in the virtual ("online") environment.
Reading,

Reading

In addition to my elementary school and middle school teaching experiences teaching students how to read and working with students to improve reading comprehension, I also teach critical reading and critical thinking skills which improves comprehension through the literature I teach. Even at the high school level, I rely heavily on my elementary and middle school experiences as a reading teacher.
Writing

Writing

"If you want to become a better writer, you need to become a better reader. If you want to become a better reader, you need to become a better writer." Reading and writing are inseparable from one another; they are interdependent. As a teacher of writing and literature, as well as my experience in teaching an English / Critical Reading test prep course, I not only recognize the value of writing, but have also made myself a student so that I can instruct my students. Current graduate coursework also includes teaching writing across the curriculum, and teaching composition at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

Summer

Reading,

Reading

In addition to my elementary school and middle school teaching experiences teaching students how to read and working with students to improve reading comprehension, I also teach critical reading and critical thinking skills which improves comprehension through the literature I teach. Even at the high school level, I rely heavily on my elementary and middle school experiences as a reading teacher.
Writing

Writing

"If you want to become a better writer, you need to become a better reader. If you want to become a better reader, you need to become a better writer." Reading and writing are inseparable from one another; they are interdependent. As a teacher of writing and literature, as well as my experience in teaching an English / Critical Reading test prep course, I not only recognize the value of writing, but have also made myself a student so that I can instruct my students. Current graduate coursework also includes teaching writing across the curriculum, and teaching composition at the secondary and post-secondary levels.

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Very easy to work with!

Amazingly patient, my daughter loves to work with her. Terri is very knowledgeable and makes tough things easy for understand, providing various strategies to help improve her critical thinking skills. Very highly recommend!!! Thanks Terri!!

Sheetal, 15 lessons with Terri

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